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Past Leadership Highlights

Leadership Class
Students from the Leadership class with President Pastides after a guided tour of the President's house.

Why Leadership?
By Kirk A. Randazzo, Director of the Carolina Leadership Initiative

  • University Forum: Carolina Leadership Initiative
    On Tuesday, April 30, Dr. Kirk Randazzo, Director of the Carolina Leadership Initiative, discussed the future of the program and leadership programs at the last University Forum of the semester.
    It was streamed live on the internet so that faculty, staff, and students from all of USC's campuses were able to view the presentation. In case you missed it, here is a link to view the presentation.
  • 2nd Annual President's Leadership Dialogue with
    Deo Niyizonkiza, M.D.

    The 2nd Annual President's Leadership Dialogue was held on February 25th in Drayton Hall. The featured speaker, Deo Niyizonkiza, shared his unique story of perseverance, triumph, and leadership with the large audience of USC students, faculty, and staff.
    Kirk and Deo Photo
    Deogratias Niyizonkiza after the Presidentís Leadership Dialogue

    After his moving speech, Deo and USC President Harris Pastides informally discussed Deo's immigration to the United States during the Burundian genocide, and his beliefs, values, and thoughts about leadership. To read more about the event, see the Daily Gamecock's article written by Khadija Dennis.
  • USC Hosts Southeastern EcoReps Conference
    The USC ECOReps recently hosted students from 16 regional colleges and universities for the Southeastern EcoReps Conference. The Carolina Leadership Initiatives' Leadership Scholar, Rebecca Marasco, was a key coordinator for the event. Her $7,500 Leadership Scholar grant was used to cover the costs of the carbon neutral event. For more information on the conference, see the Daily Gamecock's  recent featured article.
  • New Director for the Carolina Leadership Initiative
    The Carolina Leadership Initiative is pleased to announced that Dr. Kirk Randazzo, political science associate professor, has been named the new Director for the Carolina Leadership Initiative. Read the full article announcement.
  • Click here to learn about other leadership happenings on the USC campus.

Leadership Opportunities The University of South Carolina provides a very wide range of programs and opportunities for developing leadership skills, including undergraduate research programs, study abroad opportunities, coursework, service projects, and student organizations.
  • Are You Leadership Ready in the Classroom?
    USC offers a number of curricular opportunities for developing knowledge and skills related to leadership.  We are currently exploring the creation of a minor in Leadership Studies and performing an inventory of our many courses related to leadership.  We have compiled a list of university websites that provide information about many of our curricular offerings.
  • Are You Leadership Ready for Student Governance and Activities?
    The Division of Student Affairs provides a host of opportunities for leadership development, including the Student Leadership and Diversity Conference (SLDC), the Leadership Enrichment and Development (LEAD) retreat, the Leadership Resource Center and library, the USC Service Leadership Institute, the Emerging Leaders certification program (ELP), and numerous recognition programs for outstanding student leadership.  See the Student Affairs Leadership Programs website for more information. 
  • Are You Leadership Ready for International Activities?
    USC’s International Programs office facilitates study-abroad programs and other opportunities for students and faculty to gain leadership skills through cross-cultural collaboration.
  • Are You Leadership Ready for Living and Learning with Your Classmates?
    USC has a number of dynamic living and learning programs that promote leadership skills among students.

For more information, contact:

Ryan Day
Graduate Assistant, Carolina Leadership Initiative
Phone: 803-777-1673
Email: rday@email.sc.edu
Office: Gambrell Hall, Room 330

Last Updated: August 23, 2013.

About the Program

Welcome to the website of the Carolina Leadership Initiative. Our goals are three-fold:
  • to promote a vision for leadership development on the USC campus;
  • to serve as a focal point and clearinghouse for information about leadership opportunities; and
  • to catalyze the creation of new projects on campus related to leadership.
All our activities are designed to help students develop the motivation and the skills to make a positive difference in their local communities, throughout the state of South Carolina, and around our nation and world.

Wherever you want to pursue leadership development - in coursework, student governance, undergraduate research, internships, or international experiences - USC has opportunities for you. Our new Leadership Scholars program provides an especially exciting opportunity for students to pursue projects that benefit our university and community while networking with likeminded students and learning about cutting-edge scholarship on leadership.

Please join us in making a difference for the public good!